Move of the Week: Landmine Shoulder Press

Is bad shoulder mobility preventing you from overhead pressing?

THE MOVE: Landmine Shoulder Press


MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Vertical push; shoulders, upper back, abs.

WHY DO IT: Is bad shoulder mobility preventing you from overhead pressing? To reap the full benefits of overhead pressing, you should have 180 degrees of pain-free shoulder flexion and be able to easily bring your arms over your head. Many of us don’t have this mobility, but you can still overhead press by using a landmine.

The landmine allows you to press on a more shoulder-friendly arc. Instead of going completely up, the landmine takes you forward instead. Jeff Halevy and Staff Coach Jeremy Lau explain why this is a good thing in our Move of the Week above.

HOW TO DO IT: The Landmine Shoulder Press can be used anywhere in your workout, but we’d recommend focusing on it after you’ve finished with your primary moves that day. For this exercise, 3-4 sets of 6-8 reps per side would be appropriate. Be sure to try out different positions, like tall-kneeling and standing as well. Give this a shot and let us know what you think on Twitter or Instagram @halevylife !